Understanding The Seven Principles Of Communication

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Nurse-Patient-Interdisciplinary Communication Communication has many different variations, such as: facial expressions, listening skills, body language, written and of course verbal. However, if the communication between all parties involved is not understood properly, it becomes ineffective communication that could influence the patient’s health and lower patient satisfaction. The purpose of this paper is to help the reader understand the seven principles of communication that a nurse must use to help their patients to overcome these barriers in the healthcare field. Interdisciplinary communication is also essential between staff and can create medical error or harm to the patient if critical tools are not implemented. I will discuss three of these methods used in interdisciplinary communication while giving examples used within my nursing practice. Lastly, I will be discussing four ethical principles to remember when communicating with a patient. Principles of Communication The first principle of communication is mutual respect. There must be a mutual respect between the patient and the caregivers in order to engage both parties in the decision making process. Several qualities are required to gain respect: empathy, care, autonomy, individuality, dignity and attention to needs. When there is mutual respect, the communication becomes effective and the nurse-patient relationship forms a bond and trust (Paget, Han, Nedza, Kurtz, Racine, Russell, . . . VonKohorn,
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